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Coexistence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Hepatic Tuberculosis.
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PMID:  24476016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Background: Many case reports describe tuberculosis (TB) co-existent with a malignant neoplasm. However, the neoplasm in most of these is lung or breast cancer, with only two cases of liver cancer concomitant with TB reported in the literature. Although both TB and cancer are very common diseases, little attention has been given to the pathophysiologic and practical implications of their co-existence. Methods: Case report and literature review. Case Report: A 73-year-old female patient with a history of hypertension and hepatitis C presented with abdominal pain of 2 mos duration. Laboratory findings showed an elevated serum concentration of α-fetoprotein. A computed tomography scan demonstrated a solitary hypodense tumor in the right lobe of the liver (segment VIII). A pre-operative chest radiograph was within normal limits. The patient underwent an uneventful tumor resection. Histologic examination of a surgical specimen of the tumor demonstrated a moderately differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma co-existent with caseating granulomas. Conclusion: Through this case report, the authors discuss the pathogenesis of the rare association of TB a malignant neoplasm of the liver, and present a review of the current literature on the association of TB and cancer. Further research is required to determine whether a tuberculous infection resembles other chronic infections and inflammatory conditions in having a potential capacity to facilitate oncogenesis.
Faten Limaiem; Faten Gargouri; Saâdia Bouraoui; Ahlem Lahmar; Sabeh Mzabi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-1-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical infections     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Infect (Larchmt)     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
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Created Date:  2014-1-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9815642     Medline TA:  Surg Infect (Larchmt)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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